Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Exposing: A little porn is 'good for you'??

When I saw this article I had to read it to see what their reasoning was. I was shocked! Why? Because all the social research says the exact opposite. As a young therapist, a woman and most importantly a Christian I can't believe this garbage!

Let's examine this ridiculous article...

"PORNOGRAPHY is good for people, the academic leading a taxpayer-funded study of the subject said yesterday, as the Coalition and Labor traded jibes about an Opposition push to stop online porn reaching home computers. Alan McKee, who with academics Catharine Lumby and Kath Albury is conducting the Understanding Pornography in Australia study, said that a survey of more than 1000 porn-users must be taken into account as Labor considers forcing all internet service providers to automatically filter hardcore porn to protect children. "

The first thing that is amazing to me about this is that WOMEN are behind this "study". The second thing that blows me away is that 1000 porn users actually admitted to someone that they use pornography! Unbelievable!

Third - these people actually want to protect children? I don't think so.

The supposed "Good" that engaging in pornography include:

1. porn users reported it had taught them "to be more relaxed about their sexuality
2. Marriages were healthier for those who use porn.
3. Makes the user think of the other persons pleasure
4. Users are less judgemental about body types

I also noted that this article doesn't report any statistics from this article, how the research was conducted it or who funded it.

However, these 4 "good" points are absolutely lies. Here are the facts:

1. Porn users are not more relaxed about their sexuality because most porn users are engaging in the usage of porn in private. They do not engage in normal healthy sexual relations with someone of the opposite sex, in a commited marriage. They veil their self sex in secrecy and as a result suffer from intense shame.

2. Marriages are not healthier when pornography is used. In fact, marriages are destroyed and hearts are broken when one spouse finds the other using pornography. Intimacy is lost. And connection is rare in those marriages.

3. Using pornography is the most selfish thing a person can do, and it does not make anyone care about the other person! This is an outrageous lie. The very act of engaging in looking a pornography is not only degrading to women and men, but it objectifies the person and makes them worth less! And those who use porn are usually alone when doing it, so there is no way it can help them care about another person, because another person is not usually there!

4. How can user of porn be less judgemental about body types? That's ridiculous because most pornographers use only those people who would appeal to the eye. This is just a lie.

This whole so called study is a lie.
Tomorrow I'll post some more facts about the usage of pornography.



2 Comments:

Blogger Julie Anne Fidler said...

This is the most ridiculous "study" I've ever heard.

I've spent a lifetime struggling with that stuff. It was part of the sexual abuse I went through as a child, and is a stumbling block to me now from time to time, just like booze would be a stumbling block to someone else. I have never seen porn do anyone any good.

August 18, 2004 at 9:26 PM  
Anonymous John Blogswelling said...

Your "facts" are ridiculous, not to mention self-referential and based purely on your own bias, essentialist and didactic. In many human societies, things sexual are largely kept private. Pornography, being in the realm of the sexual, is often kept private. Do you have sex with your man (or your woman, whatever the case may be) in public spaces? If not, does it mean you are "veiling" this sex in secrecy, and that you are ashamed of it? I've read some articles recently that people are beginning to watch porn on airplanes using portable DVD players. I suppose these people really ARE more relaxed about their sexuality. Do you find this more healthy, preferable?

You present a variety of assumptions and your own presumptions as "facts" regarding "normalcy" and "healthy"; at least the Australians did a study, on what authority you base your claims?!?

With regards to your ideas about porn being "selfish" because "the person is usually alone when doing it" (and by "doing it", do you mean watching it or creating it? how does one "do" pornography?), what about the countless couples who watch porn together? Do you have a problem there?? With regards to "one spouse finding out"... really, this is more indicative of the ignorance and issues of self-confidence of the spouse, is it not? Perhaps the spouse might be loving and and seek to share in the interest? Or, if not, understand that sexuality manifests itself in a variety of ways and that humans are complex creatures, no?

With regards to the "objectification" argument, you sound like a 1970s feminist, from which this dead-end language and reasoning was stolen, it's amazing the bedfellows it is taking on. Maybe we should get some strong lights and film what's going on under the sheets. Send me the rushes.

September 27, 2005 at 3:30 AM  

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